glaze test 6.7.2018

I bought a few new containers of Amaco Potters Choice glazes, and decided I’d like to try and combine the glazes to see what happens when they’re layered. Ceramists often experiment with these “glaze tests.” The plate is one I made from a rolled-out slab of clay. After the bisque firing, I layered 6 glazes,…

spring art sales 5.10.2018

I just finished up with 3 art sales in the last 2 weeks. Whew! It’s a lot of work!¬†Here’s a photo of the lists I make in order to keep myself sane. Each show requires different setup and display supplies, so checking items off the list as I gather them up helps keep me organized.…

new blue vase 5.3.2018

I started work on a couple new larger vases early last month. The vase I write about in this post is the one on the right in the next photo. Here are both vases with a coating of black slip. In ceramics lingo, slip is a liquid mixture or slurry of clay suspended in water.…

heart of clay 4.5.2018

I’ve been making some ceramic hearts lately. Here’s my process in brief. I start by rolling the clay out flat with a rolling pin, then cut out the heart shape with a cookie cutter. I gently push out the inside to give the heart some dimension. After I roughen up the edges and add a…

“Mastering Handbuilding” book, 3.22.2018

I recently purchased and read Sunshine Cobb‘s latest book titled “Mastering Hand Building: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks for Slabs, Coils, and More.” I suppose I could’ve waited until my public library bought the book, but I am impatient at times;)¬† Plus, I wanted to own it because 1) it was written by a woman, 2)…